- Brandon Harris is the talk of the town. (Bill Feig)
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This is an easy one: Yes.
We wrote about this Tuesday after coach Les Miles told reporters during his Monday press conference that Harris deserved more playing time after his performance late in the game against Mississippi State.
Look, much of the reason LSU started Anthony Jennings this season is because Jennings knows the offense and is careful with the football. The Tigers planned to rely heavily on their running game and defense this season, but those units aren’t impressing.
It might be time to explore something else: a consistent passing game with Harris. The talented dual-threat guy has proven that he’s got a gun, pocket presence and speed.
I watched a replay of the game, and did not notice this.
I did notice that after Diarse dropped a pass, he made a gesture toward Jennings. It’s unclear what the gesture was. Did he mean to give him another chance and throw him the ball again? Or was he signaling that Jennings threw him a poorly timed pass?
Through four games, Jennings has been inconsistent. One of his biggest weaknesses has been timing. It seems that he throws the ball too soon upon the receiver breaking from a route. That may have happened with the pass to Diarse, which the receiver dropped. Several receivers have dropped passes after Jennings tossed them a pass when breaking a route.
Barring an injury, you might be waiting until next season for Beckwith. That’s not to say he’s played poorly, but I’d be surprised if LSU would pull a senior in D.J. Welter. Everyone wants to point fingers at Welter, but Beckwith made mistakes Saturday, too. That said, Beckwith got off a few blocks Saturday and looked good in making tackles.
Now, for the others: I’m also not sure if Harris starts a game this season. Keep in mind that he’s a true freshman. The kid was playing in high school last year. I think it could happen, though, especially if Jennings is injured. He suffered what appeared to be a minor injury Saturday.
Ah, Jamal Adams. Of the three you mention, Adams would be the most likely to start a game this season. He’s a guy coaches love. As a true freshman, the kid has seen tons of playing time. He appears to be LSU’s No. 3/4 safety, getting in games in dime/Mustang packages.
I think the coaches realize that Harris is the more talented of the two. Miles said that over the summer – that Harris is the more naturally gifted QB.
But, as I wrote above, Jennings is the safe guy. He’s talented, too. He’s got a strong arm, he knows the offense and he’s safe with the ball. But it appears that LSU’s defense and run game may not be as strong as some would have thought. That means a passing game is needed – that might mean Harris. Give it time, and Harris might see more action – or take over the job.
Not sure what “solid” means. I assume … at least eight wins? Let’s just go with that. How can LSU get to eight wins?
They might have to pull off an upset. Home wins over New Mexico State, Kentucky and Ole Miss (and Kentucky is improved and Ole Miss is a good team) would give LSU six wins. The Tigers would need two more wins. Here’s the rest of the schedule: at Auburn, at Florida, vs. Alabama, at Arkansas, at Texas A&M.
LSU could be the underdog in each of those games. Obviously, the Tigers have the best chance to win in games at Florida and at Arkansas. But still…
No. I don’t think Miles will ever completely ditch the I-formation. He’s stubborn when it comes to that stuff. An old Big Ten guy, Miles likes the two-tight end run strategy.
At the same time, there’s no doubt that at least Harris is a shotgun-spread QB. He works better out of the shotgun, running that read-option. LSU has shown glimpses of that, but we haven’t see it on a consistent basis. We haven’t seen Harris on a inconsistent basis either. When that happens, maybe LSU moves more toward the shotgun-spread stuff.
In the meantime, bite your upper lip.
We’re all still waiting for redshirt freshmen Greg Gilmore, Maquedius Bain and Frank Herron to play on a consistent basis. These guys were expected to be part of the rotation at defensive tackle, and they’ve played sparingly.
If there’s any area hurting in depth right now, it’s that position. LSU needs one of these guys to step up, but I’m not sure it will happen. After all, the Tigers have played a guy with a torn biceps (Quentin Thomas), a true freshman (Davon Godchaux) and have moved a 250-pound defensive end to tackle (Lewis Neal).
I have no idea. But you know what? When you don’t see a player playing, guess what that means? He’s probably not good enough to play. Same with Bain, Gilmore and Herron.
When players are surpassed by other players, that’s never a good sign for the former player. Malachi Dupre has passed Avery Peterson and Quantavius Leslie. That said, if LSU does play Brandon Harris and does begin to open its offense, maybe more of these receiver get time on the field.